Missouri-born founder of the Ralston-Purina animal and pet food company. Also an author and philanthropist, he published an inspirational book entitled I Dare You! and helped establish the American Youth Foundation.
He studied at Berea College in Kentucky.
His Danforth Foundation funded the construction of two dozen college chapels.
He grew up in Mississippi County, Missouri. He married Adda Bush in 1894.
He was the grandfather of Republican Senator John Danforth.